Maxime Crepeau takes down Cory Burke while suffering a season-ending injury. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
Goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau underwent surgery to repair a fracture of his right leg that he suffered during the MLS Cup on Saturday, the Los Angeles Football Club announced on Sunday.
The team said the surgery was successful.
Crepeau, a member of the Canadian national team, will miss the World Cup in Qatar that kicks off later this month.
The procedure was performed at Kaiser Permanente – Baldwin Park Medical Center.
The team did not say for how long Crepeau will sidelined. The 2023 MLS season is scheduled to start in February.
Crepeau suffered the injury during extratime of LAFC’s championship triumph. The hosts played the Philadelphia Union to a 3-3 deadlock before prevailing in a shootout, 3-1, at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
With Cory Burke bearing down on the penalty area in the 110th minute, Crepeau took down the Union attacker as the goalkeeper was the last man in front of the goal. Crepeau fell to the ground in great pain. He was red-carded and taken off the field in cart.
LA was forced to play the rest of the match with 10 players.
Back-up goalkeeper John McCarthy replaced him in the net and excelled during the penalty kick tie-breaker.
He made a big-time decision by coming out and making that play,” McCarthy said on Saturday. “I’m absolutely devastated for him because it seems like it’s a pretty serious injury and he’s going to miss the World Cup. I don’t know the extent of it, but if you come out of a game in that situation, you’re not coming out for a Band-Aid.
“I’m genuinely, genuinely sorry.”